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Posted at 7:39 AM ET, 04/ 5/2007

Morning Mix: Britney Finds Romance in Rehab

By Liz Kelly

Headlines: Keith Richards says dad's ashes are under a tree, not up his nose... One doctor prescribed all the drugs found in Anna Nicole Smith's body... Whitney Houston wins custody of daughter Bobbi Kristina... Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan end feud... Patrick Dempsey says Isaiah Washington is a changed man, at least from afar... Ailing Tony Bennett pulls out of "Idol" performance... Halle Berry to go bald for film role... Sanjaya Malakar's sister plays guitar commando... Mark Wahlberg doubtful of "Departed" sequel... George Clooney pays kids $20 for lemonade... Valerie Bertinelli signs on as new Jenny Craig spokesperson... Designer Anand Jon accused of assaulting four more women... Director Robert Clark ("A Christmas Story") killed in head-on collision.

Rumor Mill: Britney Spears finds rehab romance, calls Kevin Federline her biggest (as in $13 million) mistake... K-Fed's little brother arrested for underage drinking... Suri Cruise gets her hair done every week (fourth item)... Lil' Kim to pen prison memoirs (second item)... Lindsay Lohan to play Princess Diana? (second item)... 50 Cent is not very approachable... Cynthia Nixon dumpster dives... Janet Jackson says nose piercing was more painful than others... Ben Kingsley engaged.

Celebritology Live: Chat with me about all of the above and much more today at 2 p.m. ET.

By Liz Kelly  | April 5, 2007; 7:39 AM ET
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I think Valerie is still hot despite being 47 and a size 14. Just get rid of teh mumu.

Posted by: BF | April 5, 2007 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Interesting confluence of events. Tony Bennett gets a cold, and just in time for Michael Buble to go on AI less than a month before his new album is released. Don't get me wrong, I love both of these guys, but what a coincidence!

Posted by: 23112 | April 5, 2007 9:09 AM | Report abuse

What choice did the judge have: Bobby: a broke, ex-felon, deadbeat dad, former crack head, who is dating Superhead, and exploited his family to jump start his failed music career or Whitney: a still wealthy, rehab alumna, trying to restart her music career, former crack head, who is dating man who makes a sex tape with a no-name starlet, and who only contribution to society in last year has been the expression "Hell to the No!"

Good Luck, Bobby Kristina.

Posted by: Lisa1 | April 5, 2007 9:25 AM | Report abuse

i'm 47 and a size 14 but i don't wear a ginormous peasant top w/my blue jeans. what's that all about? i wish her well, but at her age and height, i doubt if she's really "fat"...curvy, yes.

Posted by: methinks | April 5, 2007 9:35 AM | Report abuse

That Sanjaya link shows up as "pornography" on my work's web filter...could we please include at least a "NSFW" warning on those links?

Posted by: jw | April 5, 2007 9:37 AM | Report abuse

JW, there's not really anything there that *isn't* safe for work, so not sure why your filter is flagging it. My guess would be the word "nude" which, trust me, is the raciest thing about the link.

Posted by: Liz | April 5, 2007 9:43 AM | Report abuse

The word probably is what is popping the filter, but at the same time, I'm glad my officemate (female) didn't see me (male) looking at it. Nothing's showing, but it's a little sketchy without context. Just my 2 cents.

Posted by: 23112 | April 5, 2007 9:51 AM | Report abuse

The fact that Lohan and Duff ended their "feud" gives me hope for peace in the Middle East. However, Lohan as Princess Di -- I don't think so.

Size 14 is not that big. Take a walk occassionally, if you must lose a little weight at the size.

Posted by: ep | April 5, 2007 10:05 AM | Report abuse

I'm with BF on this one. Valerie is hot.

Posted by: dmk | April 5, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm under 47, 5'2 and size 14, just me it's fat. Unlike Valerie, I won't be doing Jenny Craig. I'll just change my diet (less fast food) and started running again.

Good luck to Valerie.

Posted by: size 14 | April 5, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Who even knew Lil' Kim could write? Her songs sure don't indicate any literary talent. Maybe that was one of the skills she picked up in prison. Then again, maybe her "memoir" will be three lines of vulgarities scrawled in spray paint on the side of a building.

Posted by: Kim who? | April 5, 2007 11:07 AM | Report abuse

BF is spot-on in his remark about Valerie B. She has always had it going on.

If she can survive her marriage to EVH, I'm certain she has it in herself to drop the extra poundage, regain her self-confidence and once again turn heads wherever she goes.

Posted by: Good luck, Valerie | April 5, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Kim Who: St. Martin's Press said nothing about Lil' Kim writing, only that they paid for her to "dish" her memoirs. In publishing parlance, that means they hired a ghostwriter for Lil' Kim to talk at. It's the ghostwriter's responsibility to convert that talking into some semblance of intelligent writing.

In Lil' Kim's case, the role of ghostwriter will be played by an 8-year-old. Illustrations may or may not be from the ghostwriter or Ms. Kim, depending on who gets the crayon first.

Posted by: Ken | April 5, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Hey Valerie Bertinelli deserves those extra lbs. for putting up w/Eddie.

I thought she looked good. At least she's not a member of the Skeletor Brigade tramping around Hollywood.

She's probably a more accurate depiction of a typical middle-American woman than any of the latest starlets, though Kate Winslet would be the first exception that comes to mind.

Posted by: Bored @ work | April 5, 2007 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Living in New York is expensive; you don't have to dumpster dive for ziplock bags.

Ziplock bags are still affordable even in NYC.

Posted by: Lisa1 | April 5, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

ah, the internet, its for posting pictures of exgirlfriends nude and you know it.

Posted by: timtim | April 5, 2007 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Valerie Bertinelli always looks fabulous, and a size 14 is pretty average everywhere but Hollywood! She doesn't need to get skinny, but at least she says she's only aiming for a size 8, which is at least reasonable and not skeletal.

Poor Suri Cruise ... "always naked and no one's allowed to talk around the baby". Oh, lordy lordy, that kid's gonna need some serious therapy ...

How about a little switcheroo -- I think LiLo should play Jenna Jameson and Scarlett Johansson should play Princess Diana.

Posted by: Catherine | April 5, 2007 1:33 PM | Report abuse

today's size 14 is fat. Sizes have been scaled down so muc to cater to women's egos, that what is a 0 today at Banana Republic was a 6 there four years ago. The measurements are identical, but the tag has changed. So a 14 today is probably about an 18-20. I work in retail clothing manufacturing and know of what I speak.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2007 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Size 14 was fat years ago too. If it's average everywhere it's no wonder we have to drive big gas hog cars. We need SUVs just to get our a$$s around.

Posted by: Stick (yeah for that reason) | April 5, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Size 14 is not fat. We should be able to enjoy our 3,000 calories in peace without some clothing nazi telling us about our sizes. Just because June Cleaver didn't have access to a double quarter pounder with cheese doesn't mean its our fault our clothing sizes were based on her waist.

In another decade or so, maybe Size 18 will be the new Size 10? Silly anorexic fashion models skewed the public perception. The new American woman is zaftig!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

the new American woman is obese. Look at the stats. Heck, look AROUND. 2/3 of the people you see are overweight. And i a culture where we have had to create larger ambulances, needles, and stretchers because the old ones were not working because people were so fat, there is a serious problem. No one exercises, and everyone gorges.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 5, 2007 2:38 PM | Report abuse

A comment about clothing sizes: I recently decided to wear a vintage corduroy skirt that had belonged to my grandmother. I am a size 6-8; the tag stated size 12. My grandmother was smaller than I am, so I was confused about the size (maybe she wore it during/in-between one of her 11 -- yes, 11 -- pregnancies?), and I also thought the skirt would be too big. It fit PERFECTLY. So sizes have definitely changed to keep up with people's egos.

Posted by: bleh | April 5, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"No one exercises, and everyone gorges." What part of town are YOU in? You can barely swing a dead cat in Arlington without hitting a jogger.

Posted by: 23112 | April 5, 2007 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Late comment on George Clooney. Please note: He posed for pictures with the Mom and her friends. He paid for the lemonade, even thought it was offered for free. All you stars who are so full of yourself, please notice, nothing was thrown, no one was hit, no foul words were used, Mr. Clooney was a complete gentleman to his fans. It was an all around pleasant experience for everyone. What a concept.

Posted by: ep | April 5, 2007 11:41 PM | Report abuse

Arlington may be the land of svelte joggers, but here in Sterling we like our pick-em-up-trucks, our 7-11s, and our men husky. You can't swing a dead yuppie without hitting a well-fed contractor or two.

23112 can keep their joggers. We'll just keep asking for wider seats on airlines.

Posted by: 20164 | April 6, 2007 7:54 AM | Report abuse

OK, Sterling, just don't increase my health insurance premiums with your diabetes and heart disease treatments when you pork up.

Posted by: Anonymous | April 10, 2007 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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